I eventually would LOVE to have a hive. I love honey, but don't have the time or knowelege for such a thing at this time:) That is in like the 5 year plan though. Today we are just a little closer to being more self sufficient as we are going to pick up our milk cow today ( I am pretty excited!).
When I first brought up the honey Idea, I think my husband thought I was nuts, but now I think he see it as a good potential to save some money as I go through honey like CRAZY, plus we can sell the access-I have read 1 hive can do that for us ( he did buy me a bee keeping book with out me asking for it, so I will assume that is supporting the Idea LOL).
My grandparents were caretakers on a ranch in Washoe valley, Nv. Through out the 80's an early 90'sand I fondly remember a couple hives somewhat near the house (bears) and honey bags hanging in the closet dripping in a bucket.. oh memories:)
PG that's awesome!
A milk cow? Wow!
You are the woman!
What book did he get you? Did you like it? I've been printing off info from websites and have a few old time homesteading books that covers the basics. I just don't want to mess this up!
I'm excited to learn how to make bee products like candles, lotions, and regardless if its a myth or not I truly believe in honeys healing powers! Yeah, I'm a natural quack like that!
Hope you get to get yours soon!
I know the feeling about "plans"! We are on year 3 here at the "new farm" and have so much to do! I feel like we've only scratched the surface.
Stage 1 was reclaim the house, yard, barns, coops, and start our gardens... Well, we are still missing kitchen cabinet doors, some trim and paint but the house is live able! It was a train wreck, had to gut the entire thing!
Now on to stage 2. BEES! Greenhouse, pastures (rotations and new fencing this summer, fertilizer, and reseeding), additional well, mini cows, and feed plots/ginseng gardens and reclaiming 60 acres of woods... We shall see! LOL!!!
Good luck! Let me know about yours!
Thanks Joe! I'll check it out! Posted via Mobile Device